Angel Bautista is suing the TLC to get his license back after being accused of public lewdness in March of 2008

Hey, that’s not the emergency brake!

A grabby cabbie whose license was revoked after he allegedly masturbated in front of a female fare is suing the city to get his job back.

Livery driver Angel Bautista was stripped of his for-hire license following a revolting March 2008 ride through three boroughs in which his hands strayed far from the steering wheel.

“You’re not doing what I think you’re doing,” the grossed-out woman gasped, according to Taxi and Limousine Commission records.

“Oh come on, I wouldn’t do that,” Bautista replied. “I can’t be doing that. How can I do that and I’m driving a car?”

When the disgusted fare asked Bautista why he had a jacket in his lap, the Queens cabbie answered “because it’s winter time.”

He also explained that he kept tissues handy because of “a runny nose caused by seasonal allergies,” according to a report from Administrative Law Judge John Spooner.

Now Bautista wants his license back, claiming there’s not enough evidence to prove he touched himself.

“Of course I didn’t do that,” the 55-year-old father of two told the Daily News. “I feel horrible, terrible.”

Bautista claimed he didn’t see his fly was open after a bathroom break at the start of his shift.
“I was in a big rush and I didn’t realize my zipper was down,” he said.

The TLC punished Bautista last October for engaging in “unseemly behavior” that was “against the best interests of the public.”

He picked up the woman – who had been his passenger a half-dozen times before and was running late for a doctor’s appointment – in Brooklyn.

Then he stopped for another woman and her son in Queens, forcing the original fare into the front seat. He paused to spew profanities and throw a tissue at another driver on the road, Spooner’s report said.

As he drove into Manhattan, the woman noticed he was touching himself, the report said. When she got to Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in Manhattan, she called 911.

She accused Bautista of reckless driving because the car was “jerking” and “drifting off to the other side” while he fondled himself, the report said.

“[Bautista] went so far as admitting that he might have been ‘scratching’ himself,” Spooner wrote.

In his ruling, Spooner pointed out that Bautista is hardly the first driver to lose a license for “such behavior,” with at least four others getting sacked for similar offenses.

And it wasn’t his first brush with trouble; he had been flagged for speeding and gabbing on a cell phone during a 10-year career.

He insisted Friday the latest charge is worthless. “I don’t feel comfortable about the decision,” Bautista said. “I want my license back.”

jmartinez@edit.nydailynews.com

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